Celebrities and their mental health

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How can celebrities and their mental health create the momentum we need to #endthestigma of mental illness?

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

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Whether you love celebrities and sports athletes or not, their lives are on a different level. And while we may often find ourselves saying, “Why are their lives so much more important?” I think it’s worth taking pause to think about what they have.

Firstly, let’s just think about what they go through. Famous entertainers are constantly inundated with the press, with movie promos in God knows how many countries and never having a moment to themselves – I couldn’t do it!

And that’s all before their fans all over the place want a second of their time. If you ask me, people who make our lives fuller with their talent need to come forth. I mean the mental illness within the popular community must be enormous!

With all that said, however, they have star power, and like it or not, their notoriety matters. In fact, it is the equivalent to a tsunami in terms of its potential impact on the mental health community. So, let them help us while they are helping themselves…..

So, with the likes of Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Jonah Hill, taking centre stage about their mental wellbeing, it can do a few things:

“We are no longer going to take any form of abuse from the powers that be.”

Chief among them, or so I think, is their ability to empower their fans. Many of whom are young and unsure of their own plight. Therefore, we can’t for example, holler at celebs for not being role models and then chastise them for disclosing their mental health. After all, ownership is leadership – right?

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From my view, there is no better way for someone of fame to “step up” and mentor our young people. Besides, should their only function of being a role model be “you can be famous too”? I think not! You know what I say to them? “Thank you!” Your strength can help eliminate the stigma of mental illness. A win/win for everyone!

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Perhaps what I like most about what all the people who entertain us for a living have done, is how they tell Hollywood, and team sports this: “We are no longer going to take any form of abuse from the powers that be.” Whether it be the actors and actresses who fight back against sexual assault; or those who are made fun of for having anxiety at the Olympics. What matters is that this group of talented individuals is standing up and allowing their humanity to come before their powerhouse industries -organizations that have historically encouraged abuse and thus, a spike in mental illness.

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I can only hope that this encourages other household names to come forward and speak out against wrongful treatment (and for their mental health too.) After all, change starts with a few and like a snowball, barrelling down a hill, it gains size and momentum.

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone who believes in a more just and equal world to speak out. Furthermore, get the help you all need if you are suffering. Together we can make those in power listen…

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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